I’ve tried these out before — Friday Focus and Training Tuesday being prime examples — but they’ve always felt a bit artificial. They were more about trying to structure my blog than about trying to focus my work.
This time I’ve got a goal: Writing and publishing a pet travel book.
There, I’ve said it on the record.
It’s the self publishing part of the process that inspired this new feature. I’ve always been in traditional publishing. I was a book editor at three major travel publishers, Frommer’s, Fodor’s and Rough Guides, and wrote four books (three of them travel guides) for major publishers. You get used to working in a certain way.
- You get paid an advance to work on a book. This gives you time to write because you’re not constantly scrambling for filthy lucre.
- You have deadlines that you have to meet, unless you don’t want the rest of your money or to work for the aforementioned major publisher again.
When you publish your own book you don’t get an advance and the only deadlines are the ones you impose on yourself.
Voila: Pet Travel (Book) Tuesday.
I know this feature will evolve, as others have. The basic plan: to cover topics I’m writing about in the book, which is an overview of pet travel (rather than being destination oriented). Sometimes I’ll have guest posts from other pet travel bloggers; other times I’ll be guest posting on other pet travel blogs.
I have a secondary mission that’s part of the first. Getting Amtrak to reconsider its policy of banning pets.
I also plan to track the progress of the book’s publication, detailing the decisions I’m making about different publication options and inviting input about those decisions.
Bottom line: Doing this will hold me accountable to do something on the book every week, lest I prove myself a slacker. A big fat liar. A bad Frankie guardian. Etc.
I depend on all of you to hold my feet to the fire. Of course, encouragement is encouraged too.